Don't expect the Pelicans to enter the sweepstakes to get waived forward Josh Smith

This Dec. 9, 2014 file photo shows Detroit Pistons' Josh Smith warming up before an NBA basketball game against the Portland Trail Blazers in Auburn Hills, Mich. The Detroit Pistons announced Monday, Dec. 22, 2014 the club has requested waivers on Josh Smith. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

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The New Orleans Pelicans waived forward Josh Smith on Friday morning, a league source confirmed to The Advocate. Yahoo! Sports first reported the news.

The longtime veteran was signed under the league’s hardship exception, which allowed the Pelicans to add a 16th player. But Smith only appeared sparingly during his two-week stint.

In three games, Smith logged just 12 minutes, coming off the bench for nearly seven minutes in a win against the Cleveland Cavaliers and playing spot duty in a loss to the Orlando Magic and victory over the Dallas Mavericks.

He scored two points and grabbed four rebounds. Smith didn’t play in any of the Pelicans past three games.

The 12-year veteran was expected to add size and another frontcourt option to a Pelicans roster that lost a pair of centers to injury, but the plan never materialized.

Smith averaged 14.5 points and 7.5 rebounds for four teams during his prolonged career but was forced to play the 2016-17 overseas.

This article originally ran on theadvocate.com.

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